Fact Tank Feb. 12, 2016

What voters want in a president today, and how their views have changed

The presidential nomination contests are heating up and both parties’ 2016 fields have narrowed. And since it’s also Presidents Day weekend, it’s a good time to consider what voters want in a president, regardless of which candidate they may support.

Fact Tank Feb. 12, 2016

Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians

Most of the U.S. presidents have been openly religious, with many belonging to some of the country’s most prominent Protestant denominations. The next largest group of presidents were affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

Fact Tank Feb. 12, 2016

On Darwin Day, 5 facts about the evolution debate

62% of Americans say humans have evolved over time, while 34% reject evolution entirely.

Fact Tank Feb. 11, 2016

5 facts about Mexico and immigration to the U.S.

From 1965 to 2015, more than 16 million Mexicans migrated to the U.S. in one of the largest mass migrations in modern history. But Mexican migration to the U.S. has slowed in recent years. Today, Mexico also increasingly serves as a land bridge for Central American immigrants traveling to the U.S.

Fact Tank Feb. 11, 2016

Concern for Christians in the Middle East helps drive historic meeting between Catholic, Orthodox leaders

A historic event within global Christianity is set to take place Friday as Pope Francis meets Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba – the first-ever meeting between the leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches since the Orthodox tradition broke away from Catholicism nearly 1,000 years ago.

Fact Tank Feb. 10, 2016

Most Americans say U.S. economic system is unfair, but high-income Republicans disagree

Is the U.S. economic system fair to most Americans, or is it “rigged” to favor the rich and powerful?

Fact Tank Feb. 10, 2016

A snapshot of Catholics in Mexico, Pope Francis’ next stop

Mexico is home to not only the largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, but one of the biggest Catholic populations, too.

Fact Tank Feb. 9, 2016

Among Millennials engaged in primaries, Dems more likely to learn about the election from social media

While Millennials overall are more likely than older generations to get political news through social media, there are striking party-line differences, particularly among Millennials who say they are very likely to take part in the primaries and caucuses.

Fact Tank Feb. 9, 2016

Democratic voters increasingly embrace the ‘liberal’ label – especially whites, Millennials and postgrads

As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battle over who better represents progressive or liberal values, it’s clear that Democratic voters overall have become increasingly comfortable with the “liberal” label.

Fact Tank Feb. 9, 2016

Global opinion varies widely on use of torture against suspected terrorists

The view that torture may be justified is most common in sub-Saharan Africa, where a median of 55% hold this view; it is least common in Latin America (a median of 25%). In the U.S., 58% say torture can be justified as part of efforts to prevent terrorist attacks.